Diode laser treatment provides several benefits for orthodontic patients. By using a specialized diode laser, our orthodontist can safely and effectively remove excess gum tissue, exposing more of the tooth’s surface. Your gum tissue serves as a “frame” for your teeth; thus, orthodontic lasers are used to sculpt the gums around the teeth in a way that helps improve the overall appearance and function of your smile. What’s the best part of laser treatment? In most cases, there is no need for needles! Dr. Brent Rickheim simply applies a topical anesthetic to the gum tissue that is being treated so all you feel is the slight movement of the laser tip.
Ideal Bracket Placement
If your gums have not receded properly or if a tooth is erupting slower than expected, a laser can be used to remove excess tissue and reveal enough tooth surface to place a bracket.
Impactions refer to teeth that have not properly erupted through the gums. By using laser treatment, Dr. Brent Rickheim can assist a tooth’s eruption without the need to wait months for the tooth to erupt on its own or without needing to refer you for an expensive surgical procedure.
Aesthetic Gingival Recontouring
Following the removal of your braces, our orthodontist may recommend recontouring your gum line to improve your smile’s appearance. Aesthetic gingival recontouring reshapes the gum line to improve the aesthetics of your smile by exposing more of the enamel. Our orthodontist will use a laser to remove excess gum tissue around the upper teeth to make them look longer. If the gum line is uneven, aesthetic gingival recontouring can also sculpt the gum line to produce a more symmetrical, balanced smile.